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EPA Finalizes Plans for Sherwin-Williams Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday (Aug. 10) that it has finalized its plan to address contamination at the former manufacturing plant and adjoining areas of the Sherw...


USDOT Announces $12.5M in Pipeline Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has recently announced the availability of $12.5 million in grant opportunities regarding safet...


EPA Reclassifies Aerosol Can Waste

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a final rule adding hazardous waste aerosol cans to the universal waste program under the Resource Conversation and Recovery Act regu...


EPA Proposes Plant Waste Rule Amendment

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed plans to relax rules related to how power plants store waste from coal-fired power plants. The rules in question date ba...


EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that it has settled with five Southern California-based construction firms for violations of the Renovation, Repair and Painting...


Report: Shipyard Workers Exposed to Toxins

A new investigative report from a Seattle-area television news program alleges that civilian workers at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility were exposed to toxin...


Paint Company Sued Over Former NJ Plant

Late last month, a group of New Jersey residents filed a class-action suit against The Sherwin-Williams Company, accusing the paint manufacturer of contaminating the soil and water around a ...


NJ Residents Sue Over Former Paint Plant

A group of New Jersey residents filed suit last week in a federal court, accusing paint manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company of contaminating the soil and water around a former manufact...


EPA, Sherwin-Williams Settle Cleanup Case

The Sherwin-Williams Company will be picking up a $14 million tab for the Route 561 Dump site cleanup in Gibbsboro, New Jersey, authorities have announced.


City Sues Over 500 Gallons of Dumped Paint

A year after 500 gallons of latex paint were dumped in Chesapeake, Virginia’s South Hill neighborhood, the city is suing those it says are responsible.


Coatings Maker Settles Hazardous Waste Case

A Vermont-based coatings manufacturer has agreed to design and install a new system to capture and control solvent vapors at its manufacturing facility to resolve a case with the U.S. Enviro...


Contractors Settle Hanford Suit for $125M

Two contractors have agreed to pay $125 million to settle a whistleblower suit over their work at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state, including claims that one used taxpayer money ...


2 Railcar Cleaners Face EPA Action

Two railcar cleaning facilities in different parts of the U.S. are facing orders from the Environmental Protection Agency over their handling of hazardous waste.


Barriers to Britain’s Paint Recycling Effort

The U.K. generates over 55 million liters of leftover paint, and currently most of that ends up in a landfill or incinerated, according to the British Coatings Federation.


DOE, Contractor Fight Nuclear Waste Suit

The U.S. Department of Energy and a contractor are seeking the dismissal of a suit brought by the state of Washington as the state and the federal government continue to spar over hazards su...


Partners Reveal New Paint Recycling Tech

Closing the paint production loop and improving how paint is recycled are goals of an ongoing initiative led by global paint manufacturer AkzoNobel, design and innovation firm Seymourpowell ...


Feds Fine Galvanizer Over Waste Storage

A Baltimore steel galvanizer is facing $60,000 in federal fines over alleged violations of hazardous-waste storage laws.


Waste Fines Cost Coatings Firm $80K

An industrial coatings company in Seattle is facing $80,000 in fines after state inspections turned up repeated violations related to the handling of dangerous waste at its facilities.


Navy, Guam Contractor Face EPA Fines

In a settlement with the U.S. government, the U.S. Navy and a Guam-based former Navy contractor will pay fines and take corrective action to address alleged hazardous waste violations at a f...


EPA, PPG Settle Hazardous Waste Allegations

PPG will pay the federal government $59,000 as part of a settlement over allegations involving hazardous waste at research and manufacturing facilities in Springdale, PA.


PPG Pays $59K Over Waste Allegations

The federal government announced a settlement this week with PPG in relation to alleged hazardous waste violations at the coatings manufacturer’s Springdale, PA facilities.


New Rule: Hazardous Waste Generator

In an effort to make hazardous waste regulations more user-friendly, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed an update to its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).


Improper Paint Storage Spurs EPA Fines

An Alaskan construction company has agreed to pay the federal Environmental Protection Agency $140,000 to settle allegations that it improperly handled and stored hazardous paint and roofing...


EPA Adds Time for Cleanup Comments

NEW YORK--Cleanup on a Superfund site at a former paint manufacturing facility may be delayed now that federal regulators have extended a public comment period.


Europe's Biggest Illegal Dump Uncovered

NAPLES, ITALY--Sixty acres packed with tons of industrial trash including solvents, plastics and construction waste has been discovered in Italy.


Italy Confronts Europe's Largest Dump

NAPLES, ITALY--Acres and acres of solvents, plastics, construction materials and other toxic waste are now being unearthed in Italy as that nation confronts what appears to be the largest il...


Cleanup Set for Sherwin-Williams Site

NEW YORK, NY—After years of study, cleanup is about to begin at a Superfund site poisoned by decades of paint-manufacturing operations.


Sherwin-Williams Superfund Cleanup Set

NEW YORK, NY—Neighbors of a Superfund site that long housed Sherwin-Williams paint manufacturing activities are in line for a $14 million cleanup, under a plan just announced by federal auth...


5 Finishers Settle EPA Claims

LOS ANGELES—A multiyear federal investigation into metal finishing in Southern California has ended with nearly $224,000 in environmental fines against five companies.


Nuclear Accident Laid to Kitty Litter

A major nuclear release in 2014 at the federal government's waste disposal site in New Mexico has been traced to the wrong kind of cat litter.


$612K Hazardous Waste Fine Upheld

Leaking drums, mishandled aerosol paint and hazmat tanks without containment all add up to an unpermitted hazardous-waste storage facility that will cost two Virginia chemical companies more...


Shipyard Fined for Waste, Collapse

A Mississippi shipyard will pay $144,545 to resolve a host of state environmental violations related to abrasive blasting and painting at its Pascagoula facility.


Fabricator Settles Paint Waste Case

A structural steel fabricator has agreed to pay $57,100 for improperly managing containers of paint and other hazardous waste.


Coatings Maker Accepts EPA Waste Fine

An industrial-coatings manufacturer will pay a $20,240 penalty to settle claims that it violated federal hazardous-waste regulations at its Pennsylvania plant.


From Waste, a Hot New Coating

While the U.S. awaits a federal decision on the safety of coal ash, Mexican researchers have found a new use for the industrial waste: high-temperature coatings.


Lowe’s to Pay $1.6M for Size Errors

In its third civil settlement in five months, Lowe's Home Centers LLC is resolving claims that it advertised inaccurate and misleading sizes for its building materials across California.


Paint Maker Accepts $90K Fine

A New York manufacturer has agreed to settle federal citations resulting from the discovery of more than 100 leaking, corroded drums of paint during a fire at the plant.


Poor Paint Storage Draws $90K Fine

A New York paint company will pay $90,000 to settle alleged hazardous-waste violations after a fire investigation revealed over 100 improperly stored, corroded paint drums, federal officials...


Research Reveals a Paint-Dusted Sea

Even when the ocean looks clean, the top layer is chock full of paint dust and particles, researchers have found.


Alaska Settles EPA Paint Waste Suit

Alaska’s transportation agency will pay nearly $118,000 to settle allegations that it improperly disposed of paint, federal officials announced.


U.S. Pursues Coating to Hold Plutonium

The U.S. Department of Energy is developing a radiation-shielding thin-film polymer that would help contain radioactive waste during a multiyear nuclear-plant decontamination project.


Slick Coating Rids Last Drop of Paint

A “super-slippery coating” for, well, other coatings holds the key to less waste and cost savings, developers say.


Hospital Cleanup Draws $2.3M Fine

Federal authorities have shut down and fined an intensive cleanup project at an old psychiatric hospital complex in New York, following complaints about dangerous lead and asbestos practices...


PA Orders Vast Impoundment Closed

The largest coal ash impoundment in the United States is officially on borrowed time.


‘Mysterious’ Developer Fined $2.3M

Abandoned a generation earlier, the 80 crumbling brick buildings of the old Harlem Valley Psychiatric Hospital needed to be cleaned up—and fast—for potential investors.


Coal Waste Ok’d in Concrete, Wallboard

In good news for the building industry, two of the largest reuses of encapsulated Coal Combustion Residuals—in concrete and wallboard—have been deemed "beneficial" by the U.S. Environmental ...


EPA Green-Lights 2 CCR Uses

Abruptly breaking years of silence, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has newly affirmed as “beneficial” the two largest reuses of encapsulated coal ash: in concrete and in wallboard.


WWII Plant’s Legacy Dogs S-W in Suit

A former U.S. munitions facility where Sherwin-Williams Defense Corp. once painted bombshells is now the subject of a $3.7 million legal demand for cleanup costs.


Sherwin-Williams Sued over $3.7M Cleanup

Insurance giant AIG is demanding that the federal government and Sherwin-Williams pony up more than $3 million for cleanup reimbursement at a former munitions plant where bombs were painted ...


EPA: $165M Base Cleanup Complete

The U.S. Navy’s 20-year, $165 million cleanup of hazardous waste at a California air base is nearly complete, clearing the way to redevelop the land with new houses and businesses.


WA Hits Feds over Leaking Nuke Tank

The federal government is doing an “unacceptable” job of removing waste that has been leaking from a Hanford Site nuclear tank for at least 16 months, Washington State officials say.


DE: Stripping Operation Violates Law

An aircraft painting contractor accused of providing “inconsistent” answers regarding its waste practices and operating a paint-stripping operation unlawfully is facing multiple violations a...


Contractor: Fine Will Force Bankruptcy

Facing a $743,500 federal fine he says he cannot pay, the owner of a longtime commercial painting and powder coating business in Connecticut plans to close his doors.


$740K Fine May Close CT Contractor

A four-generation coating and abrasive blasting business says it will shut down most of its operations in the face of a $743,500 state fine for hazardous waste, training and other violations...


Hazmat Exec Gets Prison after 2 Deaths

The former president of two Texas environmental-services firms will serve one year in prison for trying to hide his company's role in the death of one of two drivers poisoned by hydrogen sul...


MN Warns of Solvent Vapors in Homes

Industrial solvent vapors from contaminated groundwater at an old Superfund site may be intruding into homes and properties in southeast Minneapolis, state officials have announced.


$46.7M Paint Sludge Cleanup Planned

The next step in removing tens of thousands of tons of paint sludge, paint waste and tainted soil from an old Ford Motor Co. site in New Jersey will cost $46.7 million, under a cleanup plan ...


60-School Cleanup to Cost Handler $300K

A commercial waste handler in Rhode Island will pay more than $300,000 in fines and costs to clean out hazardous chemicals at dozens of schools, to resolve federal and state allegations of w...


Inspection Lapses at Hanford Leaked

An inability to inspect without written warning, an understaffed team, and missing reports are among the safety problems that federal officials have found with the Hanford nuclear site, a le...


Fatal OH Plant Blast Draws $325K Fine

A deadly explosion at a Cincinnati sewage plant has drawn 22 federal health and safety violations and $325,710 in fines for the facility owner.


Wal-Mart to Pay $81M in Hazardous Waste Cases

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has admitted to improperly disposing of paints, aerosols, pesticides and other hazardous waste at its stores across the country and will pay more than $81 million to res...


Paint, Plating Sites Join Superfund List

Abandoned paint and chrome plating operations are among nine hazardous-waste sites newly named to the Superfund National Priorities List.


Woman Imprisoned in Training Scam

A Gulf Coast con artist who faked federal credentials to peddle worthless “training” to unemployed immigrants has been sentenced to 57 months in prison.


OSHA Impostor Gets Prison Term

A Louisiana woman will serve nearly five years in prison for impersonating a federal safety trainer to profit off of displaced members of the Gulf of Mexico's fishing community, many of whom...


Shipyard Moguls Held in Grit Dumping

The owner of a major Italian shipyard, his son and five employees have been arrested in a blasting waste trafficking scheme that has been under investigation for two years.


Study: Nuke Site Issues Pose Blast Risk

Leaking radioactive waste tanks, design flaws, and poor safety practices at a nuclear tank farm in Washington could lead to an explosion and other threats to public health and safety, a nucl...


Spray Paint Maker Fined for Waste

A Pennsylvania aerosol coating manufacturer will pay a $25,000 fine to settle allegations of hazardous-waste violations at its plant near Philadelphia, the Environmental Protection Agency ha...


$10M Bridge Painting Project Awarded

The Blue Bridge will bring $10,070,000 in green to an Ohio painting contractor, under a newly awarded cleaning and coating contract.


Bogus OSHA Trainer Pleads Guilty

A Louisiana woman has admitted impersonating a federal health and safety trainer in order to fleece immigrants displaced from the Gulf Coast fishing industry by the Deepwater Horizon ...


Lead Paint Ups Bridge Price

Local officials in a Florida county were recently surprised to learn that a bridge under renovation contains unsafe levels of lead, causing them to have to fork over an extra $769,497 on the...


Certa Pro Fined for Dumping Paint Waste

Colored water percolating out of a storm drain and into a Massachusetts river has landed Certa Pro Painters in hot water with that state’s Department of Environmental Protection.


 
 
   

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